Translated by: Himalaya Washington DC – Boylatin1L

The U.S. President Joe Biden hosted the Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Washington, D.C. on May 12 and 13 for a U.S.-ASEAN Special Summit.

President Biden said on the 13th that the summit marked the launch of a “new era” in the relationship between the United States and the 10-nation bloc.  And “a great deal of the history of our world in the next 50 years is going to be written in the ASEAN countries”.

US President Joe Biden (C) takes part in the family photo with Southeast Asian Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)for the US-ASEAN Special Summit on the South Lawn of the White House on May 12, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo Source:

The ASEAN countries attending the summit included Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Brunei, Cambodia, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

At the opening ceremony on the 12th, Biden pledged $150 million to assist ASEAN countries in infrastructure, energy transformation, security, and prevention of pandemic, and other projects to counter Beijing’s influence in those countries.

On the 13th, the Vice-President of the United States, Kamala Harris, told ASEAN leaders that the South-East Asia region was a priority for the United States, stressing the need to safeguard the freedom across the seas and work together against threats to international rules and norms.  Washington has accused the Chinese Communist Party of using coercive methods against its neighbors, saying the Communist China has challenged their liberty.

She added that the United States would continue to exist in Southeast Asia for generations to come and to participate in regional affairs as an Indo-Pacific country.  For example, the United States, which has donated more than 115 million vaccines to the region, will continue to work with ASEAN to address the CCP virus threat.

At a conference on climate and clean energy, Harris said the dialogues had been “solid and constructive”.  She addressed working together to accelerate the transition to clean energy and meet mutual needs for infrastructure in a sustainable way.

While countering Russian aggression in Ukraine is on the agenda, the Biden administration hopes to use the summit to show countries that Washington remains focused on the Indo-Pacific and the long-term challenges posed by China.  

This is the first time when Washington has invited ASEAN leaders to America in 45 years.  It is also the first time when Biden’s Indo-Pacific strategy has been put to the test.

According to Reuters, a senior U.S. administration officials said that the U.S. aims to build up its power in Southeast Asia, not asking countries to choose between the U.S. and China. However, the U.S. made clear it needed to seek stronger ties.

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